Bacchus Marsh picks a winner

File pic of Bacchus Marsh SES members. Picture: Scott McNaughton

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

The Bacchus Marsh State Emergency Service unit is one of four Moorabool organisations to receive funding from the state government’s Pick My Project initiative.

Communities across the state could vote on projects put forward in their regions. There were more than 100 applications from the Central Highlands Region. The Bacchus Marsh SES received 326 votes and was awarded $190,000 for a storage and training facility.

Moorabool council will receive $120,000 to install a playground and seats at Mason’s Lane Reserve, in Bacchus Marsh, after receiving 224 votes.

Bacchus Marsh Primary School was successful in its application for a $84,431 grant for a “makerspace” – a large, open workspace equipped with a range of innovative 21st century technologies, including 3D printers and drones.

A youth-led mental health campaign, delivered by Moorabool Youth Action Group, will receive $20,000.

Moorabool mayor Paul Tatchell said he was delighted the projects had been successful in their application for funding.

“We have four very different projects but all four will greatly benefit people in our community,” Cr Tatchell said.

“Masons Lane is used by so many different groups: sporting groups, walkers, school groups, dog obedience. The playground and seating fits in with the masterplan for the reserve.

“We thank those involved in applying for funding for contacting council to discuss plans with us prior to applying.”

No Melton projects received funding because they did not secure enough votes.

Premier Daniel Andrews said hundreds of “wonderful” local projects across the state were getting the funding they deserved.

“These projects have been chosen by locals to benefit locals – giving great little ideas the support they need to get off the ground,” Mr Andrews said.

Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio said: “For the first time ever, we’ve given communities the power to decide the projects that are right for them”.